Local firefighters gathered over the weekend to honour their fallen comrades, as the world marked the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attack in New York City.
A somber ceremony was held Sunday at the London Fire Department’s headquarters on Horton Street.
“I’ll never forget, I was at work, working on the fire truck that day and I believe I was actually cleaning one of the bathrooms in the fire hall, and one of the guys shouted, ‘Get in here!’ and I went in and on the TV we started to see smoke billowing out of one of the World Trade Centres and we were fixated on it,” said Jason Timlick, President of the London Professional Firefighters Association.
No matter where they are from, Timlick said they consider all firefighters their brothers and sisters.
“To put it into perspective, 343 firefighters in New York died,” Timlick said. “In comparison, London has in the fire suppression 340 to 345 firefighters, so on that one single day in New York, the entire London fire department capacity died, so I think for every firefighter around the world, there’s a huge association.”
Sunday’s ceremony also honoured Captain Vincent Hart. The local firefighter lost his life in 2014 to lung cancer, which is considered an occupational disease of firefighters.
Hart’s name was added to the memorial monument, which sits in front of the station.
Twenty-four Canadians were among the nearly 3,000 people killed in the attack on September 11th, 2001.